To meet the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the private sector will need to play a greater role. Inclusive businesses are companies that: “provide goods, services, and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis, either at scale or scalable, to people living at the base of the economic pyramid making them part of the value chain of companies’ core business as suppliers, distributors, retailers, or customers.”1 The agricultural sector concentrates a large number of these business models that by integrating smallholder farmers and MSMEs create scalable entrepreneurship opportunities for the whole value chain that improve livelihoods, open new markets, and increase profits.
Given the opportunities available for, and the value provided by, inclusive businesses, Invest India and ESCAP with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are exploring opportunities to promote inclusive business models in India, and in particular in Telangana and Haryana. To do so, a Landscape Study of Inclusive Business is currently being completed, 20 inclusive business are being provided with coaching services and several forums to raise awareness and help link businesses with investors and support organizations are being organized.
This activity is organized by the Telangana State Food Processing Society, Telangana State Government, Invest India and ESCAP, with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will give you the opportunity to share your experience and best practice, and identify concrete actions that can contribute to the development of these business models in Telangana, and beyond.
To identify market opportunities for and value provided by inclusive businesses in Telangana
To collect inputs and identify concrete actions to further promote inclusive business and investments into these types of models in Telangana.
To showcase inclusive business models in agriculture and food systems in Telangana.